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Why crop yields don’t tell the whole story

Plant With Purpose participant farmers increase their crop yields by 37% Ending poverty and restoring ecosystems are intertwined goals that cannot be effectively achieved without each other. When nearly nine out of ten people in poverty around the world live rural lives dependent on agricultural livelihoods, the health of their land determines everything from how […]
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Addressing Common Concerns about Planting Trees

Large scale efforts planting trees are growing more popular! Everyone from YouTube influencers to government leaders across the political spectrum are making pledges and launching campaigns to plant large quantities of trees. Countries like Ethiopia and India have broken single day records to plant trees while sustainable lifestyle brands like Tentree have made it an […]
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What does spiritual renewal look like? Here’s a Burundian example.

Here at Plant With Purpose, our vision is to create lasting, holistic transformation in rural communities experiencing poverty and environmental degradation... and we believe that spiritual renewal plays a big part in this. As an environmental organization working through the lens of Christian faith, we believe that our efforts against poverty, climate change, and deforestation […]
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What is Arbor Day, Anyway?

If you have a hard time keeping track of the environmentally-related holidays in the springtime, you aren’t alone. March brings World Water Day and the International Day of Forests. In April, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week, and Arbor Day follows shortly after. Add this to the fact that it’s springtime and many people […]
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Plant With Purpose Hits Milestone - 40 Millionth Tree

Christian environmental organization on track to double that number by 2025 Plant With Purpose, U.S.-based Christian development organization, recently planted its 40 millionth tree. Operating in eight countries, one of the organization’s primary interventions, in addition to regenerative agriculture training and economic development through community savings groups, is tree planting. Perhaps most notable is that […]
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Clean Water Is A Women's Empowerment Issue

Our world is facing a serious clean water crisis.  A lot of progress has been made toward improving clean water access over the past few decades. In 1990, over 40 countries recorded over 100 deaths per 100,000 people related to water contamination. In 2017, the number was reduced to 9. Many people are increasingly aware […]
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Our 5 Most Asked Climate Change Questions

The following are some of the most common climate change questions Plant With Purpose receives and were addressed in our video panel, So You Care About Climate Change. The following is an adaptation of a few of the climate change questions that were a part of the discussion. To view the full video with more […]
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When It Comes To Climate Change, the Frontline is Female

by Camryn Jones Yahaira and Petronie live in rural Burundi. Both are very familiar with extreme poverty, as nearly two-thirds of Burundi’s population lives below the poverty threshold. Both of these women are mothers. Petronie has nine children—a large family even by Burundian norms, where large families are common. “My children scarcely ate one meal […]
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How Plant With Purpose promotes biodiversity

Biodiversity is a very important priority in Plant With Purpose's work. But what is biodiversity and why is it important? Milmer Martinez Vergara, our regional partnership manager to Latin America & the Caribbean, describes it well: Biodiversity is simple. Biodiversity is the variety of life in the world or in a habitat or ecosystem. The […]
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Entering the Climate Conversation: A guide to understanding sequestration

Understanding the science behind carbon and climate change can help us effectively care for our planet. More and more attention is focused on climate change and not just the threats that it presents but also solutions! Research efforts like Project Drawdown have evaluated the positive impact that different actions like sequestration could have on our […]
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Connecting the Dots: Human Trafficking and Climate Change

Human trafficking continues to be one of the most pressing human rights violations around the world. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of men, women, and children, and the exploitation of their bodies and labor. In practically every country on earth, people are coerced or tricked into an industry of modern-day slavery. According to the […]
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What is Plant With Purpose doing to address climate change?

Empowering Rural Farmers to Reverse Climate Change Plant With Purpose works at the nexus of environmental degradation and poverty alleviation to empower rural farmers to reverse deforestation and to sequester carbon, reversing climate change. Our integrated approach addresses economic, environmental, and spiritual contributors to climate change and results in healed land and relationships as communities […]
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What you should know about your trash

Recycling trash has been hailed as a simple way to help the environment for a long, long time. It’s easy to imagine the bottles and cans in your  blue bin being picked up and sent to a factory where they’re melted down and remade into new bottles, cans, or other goods, right? Unfortunately, not always. […]
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Remembering our friend, Peter Illyn

A reflection from our CEO Scott Sabin On December 11th , the Church lost a pioneer, a prophet and someone whose voice should have been much more widely heard. I first met Peter Illyn in 1996, at a conference convened by the Christian Environmental Council in Chattanooga. Of all the people I met that week, […]
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